Dr. Steve Gnatz with patient and her family


Benefits and Services of an In-House Physiatrist

  • Exclusively dedicated to rehabilitation to improve quality of life and restore everyday function.
  • Regularly scheduled patient visits.
  • Monitor any barriers to a safe discharge and ensure that the patient is ready to go home and sign the appropriate home health and equipment orders for a smooth discharge 
  • Focus on the functional side of rehabilitation and recovery by closely monitoring the patient as they progress through therapy.
  • Improve therapy outcomes by safely managing pain and medication.
  • Diagnose orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions and recommend treatment strategies.
  • Act as a liaison between the orthopedic surgeons, therapists, nurses, and patient.
  • Perform screenings for assisted living and long-term care residents who may benefit from Medicare Part B therapy services.
  • Perform joint injections and trigger point injections as needed, including knees, shoulders, wrist and ankle, to help manage pain and reduce the need for pain medication
  • Meet with family regarding their loved one’s rehab process and what to expect after discharge, leading to increased patient and family satisfaction.
  • Dedicated Physiatrists – IRC assigns a dedicated Physiatrist to round a facility two or more times a week. In addition, a Physician Assistant (PA) may be assigned with the Physiatrist when a facility census increases.
  • Reduction in Readmission Rates – IRC focuses on prevention. By closely monitoring patients as they progress through therapy, physiatrists develop close relationships with patients enabling them to help manage their pain, expectations and ensure patients recover as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Provider Communication – Physiatrists help support the care team and attending physician by ensuring medical concerns that arise during a patient’s rehabilitation are properly addressed and communicated with the attending physician.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Member – The IRC Physiatrist becomes a key member to a facility’s interdisciplinary care team by participating in Medicare meetings, UR meetings, peer-to-peer reviews, appeals to insurance denials for rehab patients, providing in-service education, and determining appropriate coding as needed by the facility. 
  • Complete Clinical Documentation – IRC physiatrists complete clinical documentation to help support therapy, RAC Audits and federal surveys.
  • Increased Patient Satisfaction – IRC physiatrists help increase patient satisfaction by directly communicating with patients and their families to ensure everyone understands the plan of care and helps address concerns throughout a patient’s rehabilitation.
  • Marketing – Hospitals, social workers, surgeons, physicians and insurances are closely scrutinizing re-admission rates, lengths of stays and patient care at each facility.  To help show a facility is “clinically” superior over their competition and increase census, IRC physiatrists help improve these key areas and clearly communicate with audiences that drive referrals.
  • Additional Resources – Facilities we work with have access to the IRC Partners Resource Page! This page is designed to provide our SNF partners with industry articles and resources, including information on the Medicare Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), access to the iRehab Portal which gives SNFs the ability to access reports containing the ICD-10 codes each IRC provider has assigned your patients, links to upcoming free CE webinars, online courses, marketing materials and much more.

IRC is committed to collaboration in order to create the best patient care experience possible and are always available to discuss partnerships with post-acute centers. Email us to find out more!

Integrated Rehab Consultants (IRC) is the largest physiatry group in the country. Physiatry, also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), is a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability (bone, brain, neuromuscular experts) and quality of life. Our physiatrists partner with skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and inpatient rehab facilities (IRFs) to optimize therapy treatment plans; focusing on managing pain, functional rehabilitation and recovery for patients with physical and cognitive impairments or disabilities, we can help patients discharge quicker and safer.